Tag: disability

Deaf anxiety (and how you can help)

Deaf anxiety (and how you can help)

I have Deaf anxiety. I’ve only come to realise this during the pandemic because of mandatory mask wearing and my inability to rely on lip reading (which I have been unconsciously doing my whole life). I’m fully deaf in my left ear and moderately deaf in my right. Although, I wear hearing aides most of … Continue reading Deaf anxiety (and how you can help)

Disability Justice is a form of disruption that libraries need

Disability Justice is a form of disruption that libraries need

Disability justice is a framework that examines disability and ableism as it relates to other forms of oppression and identity. It’s a framework that is inherently important to libraries, who engage with communities and promote inclusivity. Before I go on, I want to define two terms. Firstly, ableism is defined by Talia Lewis as a … Continue reading Disability Justice is a form of disruption that libraries need

Curated resources on diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity for libraries

Curated resources on diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity for libraries

The following is a list of recommended resources on diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity that will hopefully be helpful in nurturing inclusivity in your library. All these resources helped me with my speeches on diversity and inclusion at the ALIA QLD Mini Conference 2018 and the 9th New Librarians' Symposium.  Generic readings Do you want … Continue reading Curated resources on diversity, inclusion, accessibility and equity for libraries

Undefining disability

Undefining disability

Last year, I was sitting in the waiting room of a hearing centre, along with a young mother and her toddler. The mother was talking to the receptionist and she said something that resonated with me. She said, “The moment I stopped being ashamed of my own disability was the moment I put hearing aids … Continue reading Undefining disability